Breast Implant Removal


Breast implant removal is a surgical procedure to remove existing breast implants with or without replacing them.


The Procedure

Breast Implant Removal & Replacement - As implants age, they may need replacing, we are able to replace your existing implants making your new breasts either larger or smaller or remaining the same size.

Breast Implant Removal and Uplift - Removal can cause a deflated, sunken appearance or loose skin, some ladies then opt for a mastopexy (breast uplift) procedure at the same time. This will be discussed with you at consultation if the surgeon thinks this will be required.

Breast Implant Removal / Explant - We can remove your breast implants and no further surgery is required.

Breast Capsulectomy - Capsular Contracture occurs when existing scar tissue hardens around the implant, this may require capsulecty where the implant and also the capsule is removed.

Enbloc - On the rare occasions patients are suffering complications from breast surgery such as Breast Implant Illness (BII) or ALCL Mr Payne offers enbloc removal, this involves removing the entire capsule with the breast implant still inside the intact scar tissue.

Risks + Complications

Any invasive treatment carries its own risks and complications.  Also, every procedure has limitations and the risks should be compared to the potential benefits before undergoing a surgical procedure.

Possible risks and complications include:-

  • anaesthesia risks including depression
  • scars and keloid/hypertrophic scarring
  • asymmetry in the length and position of the scars
  • skin necrosis and wound healing problems
  • asymmetry in volume, shape and submammary folds
  • infection
  • wound breakdown with an exposure of the implant
  • fluid build-up as in a seroma or bleeding as a haematoma
  • development of a blood clot as in a deep vein thrombosis, thromboembolism or pulmonary embolism
  • swelling and bruising
  • potential for a change or loss of skin sensitivity and nipple erectability
  • visibility and palpability of the implant
  • implant rupture
  • gel bleeding
  • displacement of implants
  • capsular contracture
  • breasts may develop prominent veins
  • stretch marks
  • existing ptosis will remain
  • breast feeding may be impaired
  • implants may interfere with breast cancer screening
  • need for further surgery
  • No improvement in Breast Implant Illness (BII) symptoms.


Recovery time after a breast implant procedure can vary between patients.  Pain, bruising and swelling may be experienced for several weeks.  Strenuous work or exercise should be avoided for 4-6 weeks.

A difference in the size and shape of the breasts will be immediately noticeable but the final results won’t be available until the breasts have settled and the swelling has completely subsided.

Whilst some scars will fall within the natural breast creases, others will remain visible on the breast but these will, in most cases, fade and improve over time.

The results may be affected by significant weight gain/loss or pregnancy.


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